Ece Temelkuran and Diana DarkeBeauty and Pain in Pakistan with Nadeem Aslam and Maya Jaggi The Empire Writes Back eventChristina Lamb opens the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature FestivalBeirut after Dusk event with Zeina Hashem Beck, Nasri Atallah, Saleem Haddad and Zahra Hankir Suki Kim, photo credit Ed Kashi

Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival 2017 – Press

The 2017 Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival took place from 9 – 26 May, with pre-events taking place in April and post-events in June. We were thrilled to support for the fourth year the only UK Festival dedicated to pan-Asian writing. This year’s festival travels from Syria to the Philippines, from China to Iran, examining the human psyche, long-forgotten pasts, tackling topical subjects from migration to issues of identity. Find a selection of media coverage below:


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Ece Temelkuran: No haven for critical thought in Turkey

6 June 2017

‘The Women Who Blow on Knots tells the story of a group of women travelling through the Middle East during 2011’s Arab Spring.’

Read the full post here.


Desiblitz

Nadeem Aslam, Pakistan & The Golden Legend at Asia House

31 May 2017, Aisha Farooq

‘The Golden Legend is an intriguing and important read. In a world that is becoming evermore disjointed, it offers some semblance of hope for happiness and unity.’

Read the full article here.


Empire Writes Back at Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival

16 May 2017, Aisha Farooq

‘As part of the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival, three prominent writers of postcolonial literature, Aamer Hussein (Short Stories by Pakistani Women), Mohini Kent (Black Taj) and Radhika Swarup (Where The River Parts) address the resonating effects of partition that can be felt even today.’

Read the full article here


Asian Culture Vulture

10 May 2017

Christina Lamb – author’s travels with women and girls of courage

“I did call someone to tell them I was ok and he thought – ‘why shouldn’t you be?’” –

‘he also spoke about her time with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who defied the bullets of the Taliban, is a Nobel Prize Peace winner (2014) and who Lamb also co-authored the best-selling book, ‘I am Malala’.’

Read the full article here.


Asian Review of Books

Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival, London 9-26 May 2017

10 May 2017

Zeina Hashem Beck, author of Louder than Hearts –

“I feel the idea of displacement is central to Louder than Hearts—displacement from the land, from home, from memory, and from one’s mother language.

Read the full article here.


Asian Books Blog

9 May 2017, Rosie Milne

Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival 2017 May 2017

Hande Eagle, Literature Programme Manager at Asia House

To us, being a pan-Asian literature festival means including as many Asian countries and histories as possible in our programme. From 13th century Persia to contemporary Pakistan, from growing up in a changing China during the Cultural Revolution to going undercover in Pyongyang, from the war in Syria to life in Beirut and the Partition of India we have a line-up of highly engaging events featuring some of the best writers of our time: to name a few Christina Lamb; Elif Shafak; Aamer Hussein; Lijia Zhang; Nadeem Aslam; Miguel Syjuco

Read the full post here.


Asian Culture Vulture

Famous war correspondent and Malala biographer Christina Lamb to open Asia House lit fest and Nadeem Aslam to close with emphasis on women writers

5 May 2017

Hande Eagle, Literature Programme Manager at Asia House – “For this year’s festival, our first and foremost pursuit is to unite against division and to seek peace, compassion, inclusion and openness through the works that we’ve chosen and the writers we’ve brought together.”

Read the full post here.


London Korea Links

Event news: Undercover in Pyongyang – a discussion at Asia House

28 April, 2017

This year’s Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival brings us two talks with a Korean interest. The second of these is a discussion of North Korean issues between Suki Kim, author of Without You, There Is No Us (LKL review here) and Paul French, author of North Korea: State of Paranoia.

Read the full post here.


Desiblitz

Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay & Preti Taneja discuss Indian Cities at Asia House

24 April, 2017, Nikita Murva

‘The annual Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival has kicked off with a series of pre-festival events for 2017. They include talks on Aleppo, an exploration of Chinese roots and a celebration of the life of poet Nikoloz Baratashvili.’

Read the full article here.


Asia House

The Rise of Translated Fiction from Asia

Literature Programme Manager Hande Eagle spoke to Asian Literary Review’s Managing Editor Phillip Kim and Editor-in-Chief Martin Alexander

10 April 2017

Phillip Kim‘Literature is an art form, it’s a language, it needs rhythm, it needs nuance. It’s impossible to have two completely different languages and just transcribe one to the other and yet communicate the same message.’

Read the full interview here